Toome firm SDC Trailers has landed a £6.8m order a few months after being bought by Chinese company CIMC Vehicles for an undisclosed sum.
The announcement this week that the company is to build 240 trailers for the well known road haulage operator Eddie Stobart, is welcome news to local employees who were anxious for their futures following the takeover.
Set up by local businessman John Donnelly in 1978, the Hillhead Road firm rapidly established itself as one of Europe’s leading trailer manufacturers.
It’s chief executive officer Mark Cuskeran puts the new order and other recent successes down to hard work over the years.
“It’s been a busy and momentous year for SDC to date, with an expansion to our production facilities, the launch of our pioneering new KERS trailer, our acquisition by CIMC and now the IAA show and Trailer Innovation Awards,” he said.
“The hard work and investment SDC have put into practice over the last few years has allowed us to secure continuing relationships with our customers and be recognised as one of the leading trailer brands in Europe.”
The company employs around 900 across three sites - Toome, Antrim and Mansfield - with the bulk of them in Toome.
The order features 50 gooseneck skeletal trailers and 25 extendable skeletal trailers for Eddie Stobart’s port logistics, 125 curtainsiders for retail operation and 40 brick/block trailers which will be put to use in the operator’s new aggregate division. The deal represents a significant investment by the haulier who acquired 650 SDC curtainsider and boxvan trailers earlier this year.
SDC’s new Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) curtainsider has been shortlisted for the European Trailer Innovation Award.